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Cameroon Is Not Bilingual – Municipal Police Tells IDP

Yaounde-City

By Etienne Mainimo Mengnjo

On Friday, October 8, at around 6:30pm in Yaounde, an Internally Displaced Person, IDP, whose name The Post identified as Jude, got stranded and traumatise at the Tsinga neighbourhood as he was told that Cameroon is not bilingual.

Jude was caught in Tsinga for going above the limit where motorbikes are supposed to go. Jude from the Northwest Region told The Post that the municipal police working under the Yaounde II Council gave him so much stressed when he tried to explained himself and no one gave him a listening ear.

“I felt very embarrassed and stranded when the Municipal Police told me in my face that Cameroon is not bilingual and that I should go off with that nonsense. I tried explaining myself in English but he shut me up and took my bike. The worse part of it is that the Police officer at the scene watched but never said anything,” Jude said.

He added that, “…Another thing that shocked me was that, as I was standing there, other bike riders were passing and working. I tried to ask them whether those passing here have their documents, they pushed me aside telling me to act fast.”

After trying to express himself and no one paid attention, “I felt so bad after a while knowing all that I have gone through to be where I am. From the crisis in the Northwest where I was almost gunned down to this point where someone can’t even listen to me, I cried.” At the end of the day, the IDP said, he gave FCFA 10,000 but they refused to give him the receipt.

Nevertheless, this is just one of the many embarrassments IDPs are facing in Yaounde. Even though some of these IDPs are stubborn, a majority who have decided to work peacefully often go through a lot to survive away from their home.

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“Some of these Municipal Police are just out to look for their money. Because of their relationship in the council, anybody goes to the road. Sometimes, they will tell you that bikes are not supposed to pass here but you see that the reverse is true. When you follow those passing, you are taken and no explanations are given why some are passing and some cannot,” another bike rider explained.

Thomas, a bike rider also said, “I have my colleagues who work and go anywhere because of the relationships they have with these Municipal Police. The people from the council are not remorseful. All that they want is money. When they threatened you that they are going with your bike and you react, they come close to you for business but I have told them that, if you catch me, I will only pay that money at the council and take my receipt.”

The services rendered by these Municipal Police have been very questionable over time but government and local authorities have taken steps to address the issues. However, the work of the Municipal Police has greatly helped to put some order in the circulation of motorbikes in Yaounde and other cities of the country.

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